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POSTED March 17, 2014 8:56 p.m.

• JUDGE ORDERS CHRIS BROWN TO REMAIN IN JAIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said Monday he was told the singer made troubling comments in rehab about being good at using guns and knives.

Brown, 24, was arrested on Friday after he was dismissed from a Malibu facility where he was receiving treatment for anger management, substance abuse and issues related to bipolar disorder.

Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said rehab officials reported to him that Brown said during a group session: “’I am good at using guns and knives.’” His comment was in response to an exercise in which Brown was asked to reflect on things he was good or excelled at.

The facility cited three other violations of its rules, claiming Brown refused to take a drug test, made a statement that alarmed rehab officials, and was seen touching the elbow of a female client.

His attorney Mark Geragos said the comment Brown made that prompted concern was, “’I’m going to ask my higher power to take away my troubles.’” An incident report by the facility states Brown laughed and rolled his eyes when he made the comment.

Geragos said that despite initially resisting the drug test, his client eventually took it and passed.

 

• FEDS: LIMIT MARATHON SUSPECT’S VIEW OF GORY PHOTOS: BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors asked a judge Monday to bar Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from seeing some of the gruesome autopsy photos of the three people killed in the attack.

In a court filing, prosecutors said Tsarnaev should only be allowed to look at autopsy photos that will be used during his trial and sentencing. They said he should not be allowed to see the many other photos that will not be used against him in court.

“Allowing photos of the mutilated bodies of the victims to be viewed by the man accused of mutilating them would needlessly revictimize the family members in the same way that innocent children who are photographed pornographically are revictimized whenever those photos are seen by others,” prosecutors wrote.

Miriam Conrad, one of Tsarnaev’s lawyers, declined to comment on the request.

In their motion, prosecutors say they told the defense that if Tsarnaev were allowed to view all the photographs, the government would continue to make them available for lawyers’ review but would not provide copies. They said Tsarnaev’s lawyers “refused to accept any limitation on Tsarnaev’s ability to view the autopsy photos and repeated their demand for copies of all of them.”

Tsarnaev, 19, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction. More than half the charges carry a possible death sentence.

Prosecutors allege that he and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, built two pressure cooker bombs and placed them near the finish line of last year’s marathon. Twin explosions killed two women and an 8-year-old boy and injured more than 260.

 

• ANOTHER GM RECALL: 1.18M SUVS FOR AIR BAG ISSUE: DETROIT (AP) — General Motors issued a new recall of 1.5 million vehicles Monday, part of an effort to assure buyers that it’s moving faster to fix safety defects in its cars and trucks.

In a video message to employees posted Monday, CEO Mary Barra said the new recall resulted from a push to review potential safety issues and resolve them more quickly.

It’s part of the fallout from the recall last month of more than 1.6 million small cars for defective engine switches. The defect is linked to 12 deaths, and GM is facing multiple investigations into how it handled the recall. GM first began investigating the switches in 2004.

 

• NYC MAYOR MAKES CAMEO ON ‘THE GOOD WIFE’: NEW YORK (AP) — Is an Emmy Award next for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ?

The mayor made a cameo as himself in Sunday night’s episode of CBS’ “The Good Wife,” a legal and political drama set in Chicago.

During the episode, a character played by actor Nathan Lane is riding in a New York City taxi. De Blasio loudly extolls the city’s virtues in a commercial shown on a loop on the cab’s back-seat television.

This prompts Lane to ask his cab driver to turn off the video, saying “the mayor won’t stop talking.”

It’s de Blasio’s first acting job since taking office. He has described himself as an “intense” fan of the show.

“The Good Wife” is loosely inspired by another New York Democrat, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

 

• TV PITCHMAN KEVIN TRUDEAU GETS 10-YEAR SENTENCE: CHICAGO (AP) — Best-selling author Kevin Trudeau, whose name became synonymous with late-night TV pitches, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for bilking consumers through ubiquitous infomercials for his book, “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About.”

As he imposed the sentence prosecutors had requested, U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman portrayed the 50-year-old Trudeau as a habitual fraudster going back to his early adulthood. So brazen was Trudeau, the judge said, he once even used his own mother’s Social Security number in a scheme.

 

• ARTS PATRON, HEIRESS RACHEL ‘BUNNY’ MELLON DEAD: RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, a wealthy arts and fashion patron, friend of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and political benefactor who funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to former presidential candidate John Edwards that was used to hide his mistress, died Monday. She was 103.

Mellon’s family and her longtime personal attorney said she died of natural causes at her beloved 4,000-acre Oak Spring Farms in Virginia’s horse country, where she entertained royalty, stars and politicians but from which she rarely ventured.

Her death was confirmed by Alexander Forger, her personal attorney for the past 40 years, and her grandson Thomas Lloyd.

Mellon lived a closely guarded life dominated by the arts, fashion, horses, rare books and extraordinary gardens.

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